Theater of the Absurd

FFA7F033-CE03-40EA-AC3E-BD5D1ACE0710“Honestly,” Larry said, “we are experiencing a real-life theater of the absurd.”

“A real life what?” Mark asked.

“You know, it’s theater in which standard or naturalistic conventions of plot, characterization, and thematic structure are ignored or distorted in order to convey the irrational nature of reality and the essential isolation of humanity in a senseless world,” Larry explained.

“I still don’t know what you’re talking about,” Mark said.

“Our president participating in a golden shower in Moscow is what I’m talking about,” Larry said. “Our president as a barrier standing in the way of doing anything to combat climate change is what I’m talking about. Our president creating chaos….”

“It’s a good thing we have such a solid friendship, Larry,” Mark interrupted, “because I think you’re starting to lose it.”

“Don’t you get it, man?” Larry asked. “We need someone inspiring, someone who can perform a freaking miracle, someone who can restore sanity and stability to this great country of ours.”

“So basically you’re saying we need the second coming of Jesus to get us out of this shit,” Mark said.

“Whatever it takes, man.”

Written for these one-word prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (theater),  The Wacky Weekend Challenge (shower), Scotts Daily Prompt (barrier), Ragtag Daily Prompt (friendship),  Word of the Day Challenge (inspiring), and Your Daily Word Prompt (miracle).

100WW — All Gone

4C48B98D-DC4E-4D86-ABD4-F47D5DF6B743Charles hung his head, trying to understand how this could have happened. Against all odds, he had escaped the stigma of being an inner-city ex-con, and had been warmly welcomed to the community, embraced and respected by his neighbors.

Now he looked down at the charred, barren ground where his home had stood before the out-of-control wildfires wiped out most of the structures in the once bucolic town. All that he possessed was in the backpack that he quickly packed up before abandoning his small, wooden home.

But now it was all gone, his home, his neighbors, and his faith.

(100 words)

Written for this week’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl. Photo credit: Andre Hunter.

Some Much Needed Sunshine

F85CA064-50FE-4BAA-8505-EA79826DF281Dr. Tanya, over at Salted Caramel, was nominated for her fourth Sunshine Blogger Award. Congratulations to the good doctor.

She, in turn, nominated a bunch of other bloggers for that award and posed 11 questions for them to answer. I was not one of her nominees because she knows that mine is an award-free blog. But in her own way, she sent me some sunshine on this rainy day in San Francisco when she wrote, “My questions are not just for my nominees. I will be thrilled if other bloggers answer them too.” And then she added “I Hope Fandango of This, That, and the Other obliges.” How could I possibly not answer her questions after that?

1. Do you have a specific blogging niche? Please tell us why you chose it.

No specific niche. I just write about this, that, and the other.

I do have a question about the word “niche,” though. How do you pronounce it? Do you say it so it rhymes with “itch”? Or do you say, it as some I’ve heard, so that it rhymes with either “sheesh” or “beach”? I prefer the “itch” pronunciation.

2. If money and space were not a problem, what books would you buy?

Even were money were not a problem (and it almost always is), I’d probably still limit my “purchases” to free books available to download to the Kindle app on my iPhone. Hey, I’m cheap. That’s why, in my modest life as a retire, money is not a problem. Well, not a huge one, anyway.

3. If Jane Austen was a blogger today what kind of posts do you think she would be writing?

Romantic flash fiction?

4. Who do you prefer: Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple? If you are not into Agatha Christie you can name a favorite character with author please.

It would have to be Hercule Poirot. How could you not love a character who his creator described as “hardly more than five feet four inches but carried himself with great dignity. His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military. Even if everything on his face was covered, the tips of moustache and the pink-tipped nose would be visible”?1A41573F-C9A0-4DDB-8E86-630EEE18422F

5. What is your favorite movie genre?

Comedy. I love to go to a movie and laugh. A good drama can be engrossing and enjoyable as long as it’s not too depressing. And sorry, Marvel fans, but movies involving superheroes and mutants: meh!

6. Growing up, were you a fan of Walt Disney?

I was as a kid. Not so much anymore. And, I couldn’t care less about the new Mary Poppins movie.

7. What is your blogging inspiration? Do you have a muse?

Life is my inspiration and my muse. That said, prompts from other bloggers can certainly inspire and serve as a muse.

8. Do you see yourself blogging in two years time?

I love blogging, but who knows? According to, I’ll be dead in two years.

9. Images give a blog post most of its impact. Do you agree with this statement?

Yes. I try to have at least one image in each post. Something that can serve to visually illustrate the content of my post.

10. Had you not started your own blog, would you still be writing?

Probably. I’m retired. What else is there for me to do?

11. Has blogging brought about any changes in your life?

It’s distracted me from the chaos brought about by the presidency of Donald Trump (except for my rants about the chaos brought about by the presidency of Donald Trump). It has also introduced me to the extraordinary creativity, imagination, wit, and talent of a whole lot of other bloggers.

Turn Up The Volume


I wasn’t going to participate in this new 30-Day Song Challenge even though a number of the bloggers I follow are. Because, you know, I already do so many prompt thingies that it’s getting to the point where enough is too much.

But then I looked at this chart that whoever it was whose brainchild this was created.img_3121I saw that today’s Day 5 prompt is “a song that needs to be played loud.” I remember back in the day rolling myself a doobie, pulling my red beanbag chair right up next to my Sansui stereo system, removing the album from the cardboard sleeve, and placing the vinyl platter on the turntable. Then I’d plug my headphones cable into the output jack on the amplifier, put the huge headphones over my ears, turn the volume knob up to 10, and carefully place the stylus on the surface of the record at the beginning of the one and only track on side A. I’d light up the joint, take a hefty drag, and settle into the beanbag chair for the next 17-plus minutes as I was transported to a whole different universe listening to this:

Perhaps this is why I suffer from tinnitus all these years later.

One-Liner Wednesday — Politics

EFB612AF-B3A7-4C0F-9389-9B679946EF0B“Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.”

Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, musician,
and travel writer Robert Louis Stevenson

Certainly this quote is true with respect to the current President of the United States. But do you feel it holds true in general?

Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.